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The UK Plastics Pact - multiple companies pledge to reduce plastic pollution

26th April 2018

Cherry Whittaker

In line with the government's 25-year environment plan, which includes a key aim to tackle the UK's 'throwaway' culture and minimise single-use plastics, a new collaborative initiative has been implemented by environmental charity WRAP called The UK Plastics Pact, which has various targets designed to reduce the total amount of plastic packaging in the UK

The pact is a collaborative effort between the full plastics packaging value chain who all share the same objectives in effort to fight plastic pollution. This supports Environment Secretary Michael Gove's statement that businesses, the public and government would need to work together in order to battle the plastic issue. Overall, the vision of the scheme is to create a circular economy for plastics.

The initiative will encourage organisations to innovate and implement new business models which focus on minimising the total quantity of plastic packaging handled. In addition, it will support the development of a more effective recycling system where plastic packaging can be recycled and reused to produce new products/packaging whilst also importantly ensuring that UK recycling targets are always achieved. 

Specifically, the main aims of the pact are all to be achieved by 2025 and are as follows:

  • Make 100% of packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable
  • Achieve 70% of recycled or composted plastic packaging
  • Eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through new design, innovation or alternative delivery methods
  • All plastic packaging to be produced using 30% recycled content 

The pact is enabled and supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

There is a requirement for The UK Plastics Pact because we need to tackle the UK's 'throwaway' culture and keep plastic waste out of the ocean. Therefore, the UK needs to work towards a new culture where plastic packaging is designed, produced, use, reused, disposed and reprocessed in a different way which will achieve this aim. 

We are very pleased to see that many of our packaging compliance scheme members are already signed-up to the pact. These include, Waitrose, AB World Foods, Britvic, Cranswick plc, , Ella's Kitchen, Jordan's, Dorset Cereals and Ryvita, Silverspoon, Suez, Speedibake and Westmill Foods. 

We will provide regular and timely updates on our website through more news stories about any further developments and achievements of The UK Plastics Pact, as and when the information is released.